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D-Will clarifies statements about New York

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams clarified his comments in which he said he doesn’t feel like a New Yorker.

“It’s just a different lifestyle here,” Williams told FOX’s “GoodDay New York” morning show on Wednesday. “That’s all I was pointing out. I enjoy my time in the summers away, but I definitely love it in New York. You know, I signed here for five years.”

Williams had told Resident Magazine: “I grew up in an apartment in Texas where you could send your kids outside like, ‘Yeah, go play in the sun.’ Here it’s more challenging. The process of getting them into school (in New York) is a nightmare. Even private schools where you pay are an ordeal. In Utah, you just send your kids to the first public school in the area because they’re all great. Truth is, we enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle and going back to Utah every summer. It’s a relief to take that timeout. No traffic. No crowds. My daughters still have their friends there. There’s a big backyard. They go to the pool; the playground and they jump on the trampoline. Kids running wild and free here…? I don’t think so.”

Feeling better: Williams underwent surgery on both of his ankles in the offseason.

“I’m feeling good. The ankles are doing a lot better,” Williams aid. “We’ve got about 20 days until training camp starts (Sept. 27), and hopefully I’ll be ready for it.”

Coach speak: Williams said he recently had a meeting with his new coach, Lionel Hollins.

“He’s a point guard," Hollins told the New York Post at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night. “He’s our point guard. Will we play Jarrett Jack and Deron together? I’m sure we will. But that doesn’t mean Deron has to be off the ball. When you have two guys who can handle the ball, it doesn’t matter who handles it, but he’s going to be the primary ballhandler."